By Lucy Duncan
Published: May 31, 2012

by Lucy Duncan

There’s a Godly Play©* version of the story of Adam and Eve in which the moment of crisis is one of recognizing separateness.  Before eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the story goes, humans understood that we were one with God, with one another, and with creation. The crisis gave us eyes to see nakedness when we didn’t before, to become disconnected when we were as one. 

Key to the story is Adam and Eve’s choice not to eat from the Tree of Forever.  My feeling is that this means the human state of yearning for...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: May 14, 2012

by Lucy Duncan

During my time at the World Gathering of Friends at Kabarak University in Nakuru, Kenya, most mornings there was no water available on the dormitory floor where I was staying. The first morning I thought it was temporary, but as the days went on, I and my floor mates learned to deal with it, by taking showers at night, by keeping water in buckets, by getting used to accumulation in the squat toilets.  In the end, it was a blessing. I didn’t take a shower for three days and when finally I did, at 2 am one morning when the campus was so quiet, I learned...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: May 4, 2012

compiled by Lucy Duncan

Note: Below are excerpts from the addresses during daily worship and plenary sessions at the 6th World Conference of Friends in Nakuru, Kenya. My sense of the spirit at the conference was that unity was stronger than division, that love flowed easily among the participants, that we felt together that we were among F/riends, that we were home. The messages offered during worship operated as a prism, offering many views of the rainbow light which shone through the participants at the conference. Not...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: April 9, 2012

To Friends Everywhere,

"Power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Week after week AFSC staff member Domnique Stevenson visits four prisons in Maryland and invites the incarcerated men with whom she works to consider how they can change their lives from within the walls of their confinement. The men have worked with Domnique to...

By Silas Wanjala
Published: April 9, 2012

Note: The below interview by Silas Wanjala is the first in a series of interviews with Quaker activists.  I define activist in the broadest sense – those working to help to mend and heal the world, to create justice and peace from many vantage points. In order for peace to flourish, it’s my belief that we need many hands working in disparate ways to unravel the net of injustice and weave a web of compassion and love.  - Lucy

by Silas Wanjala

George Lakey is a Quaker activist and expert in nonviolent activism. George is a Visiting Professor and Research...